It's time for a change, Carroll County.
  
WHAT WILL MAYOR CHARLIE REECE DO AS COUNTY JUDGE? 

I WILL “MARKET” THE COUNTY AS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND DO BUSINESS AND REPLICATE THE GROWTH THAT THE CITY OF GREEN FOREST HAS BEGUN TO ENJOY…..

FOR SOME 183 YEARS FOLKS OF RURAL CARROLL COUNTY HAVE ENJOYED THE FREEDOMS OF COUNTRY LIVING... WITH MINIMAL GOVERNMENTAL RULES AND REGULATIONS.  THAT WILL NOT CHANGE.  TO THINK OF IT, OUR FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT INTRUDES THEIR AMPLE RULES AND REGULATIONS ON OUR RURAL CITIZENS, SO THE COUNTY HAS NO BUSINESS “PILING ON” MORE RULES AND REGLATIONS.  SO, MY VISION IS TO MAINTAIN OUR CURRENT COUNTY AMBIANCE WITH ALMOST NO INTERFERENCE FROM THE COUNTY LEVEL ON WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT PARK OR BUILD ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY, BUT OBVIOUSLY ENFORCING THE CODES REGARDING BUILDING AND INSURING THAT OUR COUNTY IS KEPT FREE OF JUNK…….

THAT IS ONE OF THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE COUNTRY, OUTSIDE OF TOWN.  NOW, IF YOU WANT CURBS, STREET LIGHTS AND FIRE HYDRANTS ON EVERY CORNER AND TO HAVE PERMISSION (PERMITS) TO PUT UP A FENCE, PATIO OR SHED, THEN YOU WILL BE OK LIVING IN TOWNS OF CARROLL COUNTY.  ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU LIKE WAIST HIGH PASTURE GRASS, FREE-RANGE CHICKENS AND GUINEA HENS, PLUS FISHING IN YOUR POND AND CAN BUILD WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT (OF COURSE ABIDING BY THE STATE BUILDING CODES), THEN YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY.

HOWEVER, CHARLES CARROLL, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, RETIRED HERE AND FOUNDED CARROLLTON.  AFTER HE DIED IN 1832, ARKANSAS' 26TH COUNTY WAS NAMED AFTER HIM
HE DID NOT WANT SOME OFFICIAL TELLING HIM WHETHER HIS BARN OR FENCE WAS TOO CLOSE TO THE PROPERTY LINE AND NOT UP TO CODE OR WHETHER HE COULD TAP HIS SPRING FOR DRINKING WATER OR HOW TO BUILD HIS HOUSE.

AS COUNTY JUDGE, THE CEO OF THE COUNTY, MY PRIMARY JOB WILL BE TO INSURE THAT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS THE FUNDING IT NEEDS TO FIGHT THE INSIDIOUS (ILLEGAL DRUG) EPIDEMIC  HERE IN CARROLL COUNTY IN 2018 THAT HAS HARMED SO MANY OF OUR CITIZENS.


AS MENTIONED, A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THE COUNTY ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE GRADED/MAINTAINED PROPERLY, BE SECURE AND THE LOW WATER CROSSINGS SAFE.  WE ALL KNOW THAT AGRICULTURE IS THE PRIMARY ENGINE FOR THE ECONOMY OF CARROLL COUNTY AND THE ROADS NEED TO BE MAINTAINED ACCORDING TO ESTABLISHED STANDARDS, OR EXCEED THOSE STANDARDS.  ROADS HAVE TO BE MAINTAINED IF OUR COUNTY IS TO GROW AND FLOURISH.  I  HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY SUCCESSFUL IN LEADING THE CITY OF GREEN FOREST INTO THE FUTURE.  GREEN FOREST IS HAVING GROWTH IN NEW HOME/APARTMENTS AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT NOT SEEN IN ITS RECENT HISTORY.  I BELIEVE I CAN REPLICATE THAT SUCCESS IN ALL OF CARROLL COUNTY.

MY JOB WILL BE TO PROTECT YOUR TAX DOLLARS AND SQUEEZE EVERY CENT TO SERVE YOU AND TO LOOK FOR CREATIVE WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR ROADS THROUGH EXPLORATION OF NEW EQUIPMENT AND REVIEWING OUR TAXATION METHODS ALWAYS BEING MINDFUL OF THE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS FROM PROPERTY TAXES.  WE CANNOT RAISE THE MILLAGE, BUT CAN IT BE REDUCED?  MORE TAXES IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER…..MANAGING THE MONEY WE HAVE IS A BIG PART OF RUNNING AN ORGANIZATION.

CARROLL IS RAPIDLY  BECOMING A VERY DIVERSE COUNTY AND THE OLD WAY OF DOING THINGS IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST WAY……..WE MUST BE FLEXIBLE, CREATIVE AND APPROACHABLE.  MY DOOR WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN FOR ALL CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY, NOT JUST A SELECT FEW.  I AM COMMITTED TO MY BELIEF THAT ALL CITIZENS, REGARDLESS, OF BELIEFS AND LIFESTYLE ARE CREATED EQUAL AND I WILL INSURE THAT EVERYONE IS TREATED EQUALLY.

BUT MY BIGGEST JOB WILL BE TO HONOR YOUR CHOICE.  IF YOU LIVE IN THE COUNTRY TO ENJOY THE FREEDOM FROM CITY ORDINANCES AND PERMITS OR IF YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE IN TOWN, YOU MAKE THAT CHOICE.  YOU KNOW WHAT YOU LOVE.

I WILL MAKE CERTAIN YOUR CHOICES ARE HONORED.

  
                            WHY CHARLIE REECE FOR COUNTY JUDGE RATHER THAN THE INCUMBENT? 

 
        TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS IN PRIVATE AS WELL AS GOVERNMENTAL POSITIONS

        SOLID DECISION MAKING.  DO  YOU WANT TO RE-ELECT AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS PLACED THE CITIZENS OF CARROLL COUNTY IN JEOPARDY (AMBULANCE FIASCO) AND AS A RESULT THE CITIZENS IN THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE COUNTY SAW THEIR TAXES RISE TO PAY FOR AN AMBULANCE SERVICE...


THE AMBULANCE FIASCO……….MERCY CAME TO THE INCUMBENT REQUESTING SOME ASSISTANCE FROM THE COUNTY BECAUSE THE AMBULANCE DIVISION  WAS BLEEDING MONEY TO THE TUNE OF SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE JUDGE DID NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT AND TOLD MERCY THAT HE WOULD HELP OUT BY BRINGING IN ANOTHER SERVICE FROM CALICO ROCK……AND THEY WOULD ALTERNATE CALLS…….WELL, MERCY HAS FIXED COSTS AND WHEN YOU CUT REVENUE IN HALF……..THAT JUST ESCALATES THE LOSSES.  SO MERCY GAVE NOTICE THE OTHER PROVIDER CAME IN AND PROVIDED SERVICE FOR A FEW MONTHS AND THEN THEY QUIT WITH A FEW DAYS NOTICE, LEAVING EASTERN CARROLL COUNTY WITH NO AMBULANCE SERVICE……THAT IS WHEN I CONTACTED SOUTHERN AND THEY AGREED TO COVER THE CITY OF GREEN FOREST...
 

        DO YOU WANT A COUNTY OFFICIAL TO CONTINUE MAKING DECISIONS FOR THE “GOOD OLE BOY” NETWORK?  HOW ABOUT A REAL MANAGER?


        HOW ABOUT ELECTING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL “MARKET” THE COUNTY TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS AND EMPLOYERS vs JUST SITTING IN THE OFFICE?


        DO YOU WANT A COUNTY JUDGE WHO WILL LISTEN OR HANG UP ON YOU WHEN YOU ASK A QUESTION….?


        AND... HOW ABOUT TAKING CARE OF ALL COUNTY ROADS vs JUST THOSE WITH WHOM YOU ARE “BUDS”


   
 
 
              
  
  
I Care About Carroll County.
Equal Rule of Law.